Russia Works shot this aerial footage of Homs, Syria and the city, which was the third largest in the country and once home to a population of over 800,000, has been completely destroyed. Buildings and homes have turned to rubble, the city look like the aftermath of the apocalypse, and the people have disappeared. It…
Poor birdie. If you ever wondered what would happen if an airplane and a bird hit each other head on, here it is. It doesn’t end up exactly how you think it would. Well, it kind of does as in the bird loses but it is a little surprising in how high and straight the bird bounces in the air after hitting the nose of the…
Yesterday, Tianjin, China was rocked by a terrifying explosion that has left 50 dead and more than 500 people injured. The impact of the blast was devastating—from the initial horrifying explosion to the shockwaves that shattered windows and glass a mile away and now to the aftermath—and has made the port city of…
This is a graphic video showing a Colombian Army Blackhawk helicopter landing on a minefield. It explodes tragically, killing four and injuring six of the 15 people on board. The explosives in the minefield were supposedly detonated by the guerilla movement FARC. So sad. War sucks on both sides.
I’m a huge fan of Sir Christopher Lee. Not only did he have a wicked sense of humor and a great life philosophy, but he was a fantastic—and very underappreciated!—actor. After I saw his first film in Hammer’s Dracula series, he visited my childhood nightmares every day. He terrified me—and I loved every bit of it.
The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then.
Another massive earthquake hit Nepal today, this time the epicenter was near Mount Everest. It’s so sad because the people of Nepal are still recovering from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake just two weeks ago that had killed thousands and wrecked Nepal to an unimaginable degree. Samaritan’s Purse filmed this short to…
PipocaVFX's We Go Forward starts off as most cheery side scrolling video games do: run, jump, smash bad guys and keep going forward. But then the game transforms into a metaphor for life: we can't make the jump but we can't go backwards so we settle, we teach our kids to be better and then they leave us.
The BBC flew a drone over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today to show off what it looks like and it's absolutely haunting. Over a million people died in this concentration camp from 1940 to 1945. It's been 70 years since the Soviets liberated the camp and it's still so tragic to see.
The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't.
If life was a video game right now, it'd be a pretty terrible one. That's because it'd just be levels of Facebooks and Twitters and Instagrams and social networks that would encourage us to pimp our lives for likes. And push us to hashbrag what we do. And to make sure the world sees our selfies. Team follow back.…
The Economist made this sobering graphic of the hidden cost of the most popular YouTube video of all time—with more than two billion views since June 2012: "At 4:12 minutes, that equates to more than 140m hours, or more than 16,000 years." Then they compared it to some of humanity's most monumental tasks.
This is the heart wrenching story of Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams. He lost all his squad mates—11 of them—when their vehicle exploded on their way to a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. And all because, at the last minute, someone tapped on his shoulder. He was lucky. Perhaps, he thinks, too damn lucky.
Beautifully drawn short animated film by Amsterdam-based filmmaker Hisko Hulsing that tells the story of two childhood friends meeting many years after with disastrous consequences.
This short time lapse by Bruce W. Berry Jr is already a powerful piece of work. It turns the buildings of Philadelphia into towering monoliths that hide people away, it makes the sky look like ghouls seeping in and it turns the city into a haunting place. Sadly though, the story behind this time lapse is even more…
Taiwanese photographer Yun-Fei Tou created these portraits of abandoned dogs minutes before being euthanized to "arouse people's awareness of animals rights." What really fucks me up is to look into their eyes knowing they didn't know what was coming up next. A stark reminder of our responsibility towards these beings.
NPR's Planet Money has a feature on household inequality in the United States shown in graphics. The graphic above on household income over the last 40 years is particularly striking: After adjusting to inflation, you can see that the lowest incomes have barely moved. In fact, they went down.
NASA has published these two images of the Aral Sea, which used to be the fourth biggest lake in the world before the Soviet Union plugged into the rivers that fed it to irrigate massive agricultural areas. The photo on the right was taken in 2000. On the left you can see its current state.
This is the story of Manny, a 13 year old boy from Tijuana who has to pay the bills for his family. Weak, poor, desperate, Manny is ripe prey for the merciless Mexican drug lords who sent him into the Arizona desert as a mule. But things are not what they seem. The reality is even worse than that.